Here’s how to spend less without compromising your care.
If medical bills are driving you crazy, consider hiring a medical billing advocate. For a percentage-based fee, a medical billing specialist will review your health care bills and challenge questionable charges.
Ask your doctor about prescription samples.
If you’re 65 or older, you may qualify to have a volunteer ophthalmologist perform a comprehensive medical eye exam and provide up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost. Visit EyeCareAmerica.org.
It’s good for both your body and your mind. Look for free classes in September and October, and find a studio near you. Check yogamonth.org.
Transfer prescriptions to a new grocery or drugstore when it offers a gift card for store credit, and use that to pay for your purchases.
Skip the ER
You don’t need the emergency room if you have non-life-threatening medical issues, such as fevers, cuts, minor burns or headaches. A more affordable alternative is a walk-in urgent care center, open seven days a week, no appointments necessary. Search “urgent care centers” online to find those near you.
Get basic health tests by attending free health fairs in your area. You can find one online by searching under “free health fairs.”
Work out for free. Look up donation-based yoga studios in your area so you can pay what you can (instead of a normal $12-$20 per class). Similarly, many yoga, dance, and Pilates studios offer new student incentives such as two weeks of classes for only $20. Can’t afford a personal trainer? Check outiTrain.com, where you can download personalized workouts for your iPod for as little as $7.99 a session. Other cheap options: Go for a hike in the fall foliage, jog outdoors, or organize a game of touch football with friends (a great excuse to get them to invite single guys!).